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US Astronaut Reveals if Space Farts Can Send One Soaring in Zero-Gravity

Former commander of the International Space Station Terry Virts unambiguously closed the debate on perks that flatulence might offer in orbit. Those hoping that this peculiarity of the human body could be destigmatised in the era of space travel...
Topics: Astronaut, International Space Station, Space, Debate

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NASA wants you to get your boarding pass to Mars

You probably won't visit Mars for a long time, if ever. You might have a way to go in spirit, though. NASA has introduced a "Send Your Name" campaign that will put your name on the Mars 2020 rover, leaving a long-term record of your...
Topics: NASA, Mars Rover Curiosity, Space, Mars

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Data science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23...
Topics: Scientific Discoveries

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18 Earth-sized exoplanets discovered

Scientists have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked them. One of them is one of the smallest known so far; another one could offer conditions friendly to life. The...
Topics: Exoplanets, Scientific Discoveries, Space

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Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions ice, water theory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory studying super-cold states of water discovered a pathway to the unexpected formation of dense, crystalline phases of ice thought to exist beyond Earth's limits. Their findings, reported in Nature,...
Topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Scientists break record for highest-temperature superconductor

University of Chicago scientists are part of an international research team that has discovered superconductivity–the ability to conduct electricity perfectly–at the highest temperatures ever recorded. Using advanced technology at...
Topics: Superconductors, Scientific Discoveries

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Quantum rebar: Quantum dots enhance stability of solar-harvesting perovskite crystals

Engineering researchers have combined two emerging technologies for next-generation solar power -- and discovered that each one helps stabilize the other. The resulting hybrid material is a major step toward reducing the cost of solar power while...
Topics: Quantum, Physics, Solar Power, Scientific Discoveries

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3-million-year-old fossilized mouse reveals evolutionary secrets of color

The evolutionary use of colour for mammal's survival in the wild is evident from, red foxes, to zebras. Today an international team,

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DJI is adding receivers to help drones avoid plane and helicopter collisions

At an event in Washington D.C. today, DJI unveiled plans to help avoid potentially life-threatening drone disasters. At the top of the list is the company’s promise to add AirSense technology to all of its models weighing more than 250 grams...
Topics: Drones

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Two Russian Strategic Bombers Perform Flight Along Alaskan Coast - Russian MoD

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers performed a scheduled 11-hour flight over the Bering, Chukchi, Okhotsk seas and along the coast of Alaska, accompanied by US air force aircraft, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a...

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Good vibrations: Using piezoelectricity to ensure hydrogen sensor sensitivity

A team at Osaka University has invented a new process for creating high-precision sensing devices that respond to the presence of hydrogen gas. By carefully controlling the deposition of metallic nanoparticles on a silicon surface, the researchers...
Topics: Hydrogen

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This robot helps you lift objects — by looking at your biceps

We humans are very good at collaboration. For instance, when two people work together to carry a heavy object like a table or a sofa, they tend to instinctively coordinate their motions, constantly recalibrating to make sure their hands are at the...
Topics: Robots

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Mapping the global distribution of phytoplankton

Researchers have charted the distribution of phytoplankton in the world's oceans for the first time and investigated the environmental factors that explain this distribution. They concluded that plankton diversity is only partially congruent with...

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Amid a million coming extinctions, some reasons for hope: A Q&A with the U of M’s Kate Brauman

A million animal and plant species are on the path to extinction, accelerating toward nonexistence at an unprecedented rate in human history. That’s one of the key takeaways from a landmark report summary released by Intergovernmental...

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From sharks in seagrass to manatees in mangroves, we've found large marine species in some...

When we think of mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltmarshes, we don't immediately think of shark habitats. But the first global review of links between large marine animals (megafauna) and coastal wetlands is challenging this view—and how...

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Neptune's moon Triton fosters rare icy union

Astronomers using the Gemini Observatory explore Neptune's largest moon Triton and observe, for the first time beyond the lab, an extraordinary union between carbon monoxide and nitrogen ices. The discovery offers insights into how this volatile...
Topics: Neptune, Moon, Space, Scientific Discoveries

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Ancient proteins offer clues to the past

Archeologists once relied solely on artifacts, such as skeletal remains, fossils and pottery sherds, to learn about past species and cultures. Today's scientists can also study ancient proteins to paint a more complete picture of the people who...
Topics: Proteins, Fossils, Paleontology

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Cox Communications: Manager, Public and Media Relations

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BLACK HOLE Awe: Einstein Dead RIGHT About Universe, Gravitation Wave Tests Prove

After the side effect of two black holes merging together eventually came to light, scientists have managed to prove the conclusion made by one of the most outstanding minds of the 20th century –Albert Einstein.
Topics: Black Holes, Albert Einstein

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Beautiful Math

A new book shows off spectacular works of art inspired by mathematical principles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Topics: Mathematics

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